Now that summer is in full swing, and the weather has really heated up, you might be feeling grateful for the beach weather. But you’re probably not so happy about the little critters you keep finding around your home! Not only do insects thrive in warmer weather; this is also their prime breeding season. So, most of them are much more active lately, hunting for both food and mates. And that means they’re feeling more persistent and aggressive about getting into any location that might contain one or the other, like your home.

No matter how well-sealed you believe your home to be, they will find a way in! So, what can you do to deter them?

Dim the lights. Bright outdoor lights serve as a beacon, calling to bugs near and far. If you use outdoor lighting at night, try putting the lights on a dimmer switch or use a lower-wattage bulb.

Limit their food supply. You’re going to find far more ants, spiders, and other creepy crawlies in your kitchen, if you routinely leave out food. But they’ll also be more attracted to the perimeter of your home after a barbecue, or if you regularly eat outside. So, treat your patio or porch as you would your kitchen, and clean up thoroughly after dining al fresco. Spraying  your outdoor furniture with disinfectant can prevent hidden “surprises” next time you take a seat.

Get rid of nesting spots. Just like us, insects want to build themselves a cozy nest. Limit their homemaking opportunities by removing leaf piles or other debris near your home.

Remove water sources. Standing water near your home serves as an invitation for bugs to come and feast. Walk around the outside of your house, and remove any sources of standing water. Investigate inside, too, and repair any leaks or other plumbing issues.

Seal the entrances. While you’re walking the perimeter of your home, look for easy access points that help insects get inside. These aren’t always easy to spot, and sometimes there isn’t much you can do about them (you must have a dryer vent, for example).

An experienced pest control company can help you identify those entry points, and take action to keep bugs at bay. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to consult with you on pest control methods suited for your unique situation.